State of the Harbour 7-27-20

It’s hard to believe that August is upon us.  Thank you to all of you for your patience and for your commitment to the safety of our community as we continue to work through this obstacle course of a pandemic.  Through our committed staff, we have been able to provide all AHPOA services to our Residents, including pools.  The Business Office, venue rentals and Pro-shop buildings remain closed but creative solutions have been put in place to make sure that Residents can still access the services they need and employees are working every day.  Solutions include the ability to pay by phone, to purchase RFID remotely with pick up at the Police Department and 24/7 phone answering on the Business Office phone line, none of which was available pre-pandemic.  We are committed to continuing to find ways to meet the needs of the community until this very strange time is behind us all.

WEBSITE – Wow, over 1800 visitors to our website in just the first week.  If you need a quick phone number, the most requested numbers – including the front gate, are on the opening page near the bottom.  There is also a handy little search icon in the upper right to find anything you are looking for from pool hours, to ACC forms, to trash days.  It’s all there.  If we have forgotten something please let us know and we’ll add it.  Staff has been trained to edit the site so changes are at no cost and are no problem. There is no log-in needed.  Check it out! Aquiaharbour.org

GREEN AQUIA – A huge shout out to Green Aquia and the over 30 volunteers who participated in the annual Aquia Creek Clean Up.  They got a lot done in some very heavy-duty heat.  Thank you to all who participated and to Green Aquia for leading this annual effort.

BOARD ELECTIONS – Candidate packages are due back September 1st including your candidate petition, which this year can be electronic.  If you are considering running for the Board, contact the Board Secretary at kshaw@aquiaharbour.org to get more information.  The term is 3 years.  See the Board President’s message regarding Board service in the August Harbour View Magazine.  There are three Directors whose terms are ending in October; Directors Chris Greene; Steve Holder and Chip Collins – thank you for your service to the community!

BRIDLE PATH – As you know, we have volunteers working to clear the bridle path to make it a viable hiking path.  It’s a lot of work and we thank them for their efforts.  They have been met with a few less than friendly Residents who are not happy about people being behind their homes after years of unfettered privacy.  Please understand the bridle path is not an easement.  It is AHPOA common property and those Residents clearing it and accessing it are perfectly within their rights to do so.  The Police Department has added periodic patrol of this trail to monitor the safety of trail users and the protection of adjoining properties.  Most of the trail being cleared (shown in green on the map) runs behind the ‘even’ side of Harpoon Drive.  You can also see it by going to https://gismapping.stafford.va.us/ and entering your address to see if the path runs behind your lot.

PARENTS – A big shout out to all parents out there struggling with the upcoming school year. County leadership is clearly working hard to make the best decisions they can make under the circumstances but it’s a very challenging time for all involved.

Here are some additional resources;

https://www.today.com/parents/these-are-questions-parents-need-ask-sending-kids-back-school-t186238

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/decision-tool.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/know-your-value/feature/should-you-send-your-child-back-school-fall-5-questions-ncna1233787

 

EQUESTRIAN SUMMER CAMP – There is one camp starting today and one next month.  For more information contact stables@aquiaharbour.org

AQUIA CREEK SUNSET KAYAK TOUR – $$  http://www.penguinpaddling.com/product/aquia-harbour-sunset-tours/

SHRED – Our Police Department will be hosting a SHRED event for Residents this September.  We’ll let you know as soon as we have a date but you might want to start gathering up those boxes of unneeded paperwork. There will be no cost to Residents for this event.

NEED HELP? – If you are being impacted by the pandemic and need some assistance please email AHPOA@aquiaharbour.org.  We have a list of neighbors at the ready to help if they can, even if its just to provide a socially distanced shoulder.  When you live in Aquia Harbour, you don’t have to go it alone. Thank you to those who are keeping a check on elderly/compromised neighbors.  You are the best of us.

Patricia Harman, General Manager

703-407-6106

GM@aquiaharbour.org